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The life and teaching of Jesus was counter-cultural in his day and it continues to be in ours. Jesus preferred to spend his time with the weak, brokenhearted, the sick and disabled, and the marginalized. He elevated the status of women and continually modeled to his disciples care for the poor. In this way Jesus invites us into a different worldview that values each human regardless of poverty or status, and one that challenges injustice, self-righteousness and the abuse of power. We at From the Ground Up seek to follow Jesus’ example in our work to restore hope and opportunity to the world’s poor, and we invite others to participate with us.

From the Ground Up does not subscribe to any particular creed, doctrinal statement, or proselytizing program. Jesus chose to love and care for those in need, restoring their lives in transformative ways. "First clean the inside of the cup and dish, then the outside also will be clean," he said. He did not impose religion on people, in fact he fought the groups that did, and we consciously avoid doing that as well. Communities are not chosen by their religious or political views, but on the basis of need and willingness. Loving our neighbor is not bound by borders, but has global implications.

"Come to me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."